The “Spat” in “Spatula”

The origins of the Spatula:

In the 1500s ‘a strange phenomenon was popping up all around europe… Houses were exploding.

This was caused by the buildup of ash and fat on the bottom of their iron cookware known in the day as “Spat”. The modern way to remedy this issue (modern at the time) was to use a Spatula, a flat metal paddle like object with a wooden handle. One would pull their pot to the side of their hearth and scrape chunks of spat off the bottom of the pot, break it up into smaller chunks and feed it to the fire to keep it burning longer.

In 1743, a spanish chef discovered that he could use his spatula (it is unknown if it was clean) to flip and shift the food on his pan with more dexterity than a knife or fork. This discovery created the spatula we know of today.

The combustive power of spat is caused by the buildup of carbon and fat on the bottom of the cookware. Normally the fat would slowly burn and crisp or spats would fall off early. But when built up into a sizable piece and put directly into a hearth fire would cause it to rapidly combust, much like early black powder.

Hope you enjoyed this read. Look forward to the next update on Wednesday.


~Gaian Helmers


    • unclecrust
    • January 9th, 2012

    Hahaha! That’s great! Looking forward to future installments!

    • Doctortimmywiggles423
    • January 9th, 2012

    I find this highly hilarious. Good Show.

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